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UN FAO International Mountain Day. International Mountain Day celebration 2015 in Chile/Brazil: photo by College João Paulo of Brazil and the University of Magallanes (UMAG).

December 11: International Mountain Day

Since 2003, December 11 is International Mountain Day as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Annually, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) observes the day:

… to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

•   Mountains cover almost one-quarter (22 percent) of the Earth’s surface.
•   Up to 80 percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from mountains.
•   One in eight people (13 percent) around the world lives in the mountains.
•   Mountain tourism accounts for almost 20 percent of the worldwide tourism industry.

The following provides a glimpse to the mountain environments around the world and to the challenging conditions our ancestors would have faced and endured.

1.   Australia

Blue Mountains, from Katoomba, NSW.

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Katoomba, NSW, Australia,

Torrential rain approaching the Three Sisters; Mt. Solitary peak at right was known as “Mun-mi-ee” by the Gundungarra people (HL 20070708).

2.   Austria

Alpbach, Tirol.

Alpbach, Alpbach Seenland, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich,

Alpbach valley in early spring-morning light (HL 20180514; see this).

3.   Brazil

Serra do Ibitiraquire mountains, near Morretes, Paraná.

Serra do Ibitiraquire, mountains, Mirante, lookout, PR-410, Estrada da Graciosa, Paraná, Brazil,

At 1877 metres (6158 feet), Pico Paraná is the highest point in Paraná state and in southern Brazil (HL 20110710; see this).

4.   Canada

Coast Mountain Range, near Vancouver, BC.

Helijet's "West Coast Spectacular" Vancouver tour

The indigenous Squamish First Nations people once had coastal villages in and around Howe Sound (HL 20140516; see also this post).

5.   Chile

Lower Andes, near Vicuña, Región de Coquimbo (Región IV).

Cerro Tololo, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, CTIO, Región de Coquimbo, Chile,

A sleepy “zorro” (desert fox), from Cerro Tololo Observatory (HL 20070623; see this).

6.   Chile

Coastal Range (Cordillera de la Costa), Región de Antofagasta (Región II).

Residencia, ESO Paranal Observatory, Chile,

Telescopes & Residencia, ESO (European Southern Observatory) at Cerro Paranal. Arid Atacama desert, horizontally laminar air flow, and well beyond city lights are prime conditions for astronomy (HL 20091125).

7.   Germany

Zugspitze, in southern Bavaria.

Kirche Maria Heimsuchung, Zugspitze, Germany,

Germany’s highest church, Kirche “Maria Heimsuchung” (HL 20111009; see also here).

8.   México

Picacho del Diablo, Parque San Pedro Martír, Baja California.

Observatorio Astronomico Nacional, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico,

Southeast from México’s Observatorio Astronómico Nacional to highest point on Baja California peninsula (HL 20051216; see this).

9.   New Zealand

Southern Alps, flyover near Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Aoraki, Mount Cook, Horokoau, Mount Tasman, Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, myRTW,

Flying north and facing west to the 1st and 2nd highest peaks in New Zealand (HL 20120721; see also post on the “Grand Traverse”).

10.   South Africa

Table Mountain, over Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula.

View from Table Mountain, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Muizenberg, Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

From the back of the Table to where the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet (HL 20121013; see this).

11.   USA

Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Kohala volcano, Mauna Kea Golf Course, Island of Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii, USA,

Cinder cones on extinct volcano Kohala (HL 20091208; see this).

UN FAO International Mountain Day 2016. Photo by Amy Toensing for Getty Images.

Photo by Amy Toensing for Getty Images. UN FAO International Mountain Day 2016.

Except for the top and bottom images, I made the remaining photos (HL) between 2005 and 2018 with Canon (Powershot A510, EOS 450D, EOS 6D mark I) and Fujifilm (X70). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

3 Responses to “December 11: International Mountain Day”

    • fotoeins

      Thanks for your comment, Cornelia. I hadn’t thought of the Dolomites, but the resemblance is striking. I wonder if the chemical composition of the rocks at the Three Sisters is similar to the examples you listed. That’s an investigation for a future time. 🙂


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